Program Goals and Outcomes

Gourmet Cooking Program Goals and Outcomes

Penn Foster's Gourmet Cooking Certificate Program is designed to teach students the fundamentals of various cooking methods, as well as the tricks and techniques to create flavorful gourmet presentations. Additionally, graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe online training and sit for certification at no additional cost.

Gourmet Cooking Certificate


3 months

As low as $50/mo

1-800-275-4410 (10AM - 6:30PM ET)

Program Goal

Penn Foster's Gourmet Cooking Certificate Program instructs students on the fundamentals of various cooking methods, as well as the tricks and techniques to create flavorful gourmet presentations. 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Identify features and preparation techniques for creating foundations of flavor and texture in a variety of stocks, sauces, and soups
  • Select the proper buffet setup for different situations and specific techniques for garnishing and presenting individual dishes
  • Recognize a variety of fruit, vegetable and herb preparation and cooking techniques, including cutting techniques such as julienne and chiffonade, and cooking methods such as braising, parboiling, and stir-frying
  • Comprehend the best cooking methods, such as grilling and sautéing, for different occasions and different cuts of meat, such as medallions and short loins
  • Differentiate among various game and their characteristics, and recognize proper trussing and cooking techniques which prevent food-borne illness
  • Identify features of popular fish and shellfish, the signs of fresh and spoiled seafood, and classic cooking techniques
  • Comprehend proper preparation and cooking techniques for a variety of grains and legumes from all over the world, and identify types of and the proper cooking method for pasta
  • Comprehend the techniques needed to make classic baked pastry dishes such as Swiss and Italian meringue, ganache, and various doughs, cookies, and cakes
  • Identify popular cooking techniques of eggs, dairy, and forcemeats, and features of popular sandwich breads.
  • Recognize ingredients, styles, and cooking techniques used in international cuisine

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